Yohan Lainesse hoping win at CFFC 93 earns him title shot

Yohan Lainesse
Yohan Lainesse prepares to enter the cage at CFFC 82. (Credit: CFFC)

Yohan Lainesse has made quite a name for himself under the CFFC banner over the past seven months, and he’ll look to continue that trend on Friday night.

Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC’s Lainesse (5-0) will square off with fellow undefeated welterweight Troy Green (4-0), fighting out of New York, at CFFC 93 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Lainesse, 28, made his CFFC debut back in August and has won both outings via first round knockout. Lainesse said, with a win over Green in similar fashion, he wants a crack at CFFC welterweight champion Bassil Hafez next.

“I was ready to face him (Hafez), but I think he declined the matchup. I told my coach and management that I’m ready for the title,” said Lainesse in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I’m 5-0 with four knockouts in the first round, so I’m ready for it. After I finish Troy Green, I’m going to make sure Bassil Hafez knows I want his head.”

If Lainesse is successful in securing a victory over Green on Friday night, he would move to 6-0 while holding a resume tailor-made for Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS).

And although Lainesse said he would never turn down an offer to fight on DWCS, becoming a champion for CFFC is priority number one.

“It would be cool to go on the Contender Series, but, in my mind, I’m the kind of guy where I want to be the champion of CFFC. I love the fact you have the belt, you’re the champion, you have to defend that belt,” said Lainesse.

“My first plan was, after this win, I want to get my 7-0 and be the champion. But if I have the call for Contender Series, of course I am open to that.”

After an impressive first round knockout win in his CFFC debut over Connor Dixon, Lainesse made waves in the MMA world with a highlight-reel flying knee knockout of Lirim Rufati in his encore performance.

Although the bout only lasted 14 seconds, Lainesse said knowing he has that level of finishing ability in his toolbox has given him no shortage of confidence moving forward.

“That fight made me more confident than ever,” said Lainesse.

“It wasn’t a very long fight for the experience, but that made me so confident, like I can do anything in the fight. If my mind is ready and set for something, I know I can achieve it.”

Before he can move on in his journey towards the CFFC welterweight title, Lainesse must first pass a tough test in Green, who has yet to taste defeat in both his professional and amateur careers.

Lainesse said he knows Green likes to control his fights and take a measured approach, which may allow him to display the skills he possesses in addition to his knockout prowess.

“I would love to strike with this guy. I would love to stay on my feet with this guy and put on a very good show,” said Lainesse.

“I hope the guy wants to strike with me, but I think he knows I’m dangerous on my feet and how powerful I am. I think he will want to close the distance, but if he wants to do that, then I will submit him.”

Lainesse’s shoutouts

“I’d just like to thank ESS Fight and my manager Jeremy Rubin.” Follow Lainesse on social media: TWITTER, INSTAGRAM